Fylde Ladies 6 Blackpool 0: Match report

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A dominant display from the Coasters against lower league Blackpool saw them cruise through to the semi-final of the County Cup with a 6-0 win at Kellamergh Park.

Two first-half goals for both Lagan Makin and Natasha Flint sent the Coasters into the break four goals up.

Danielle Young stretched the lead even further six minutes into the second half and new signing Katie Anderton put the result beyond doubt with a late strike.

Makin opened the scoring in the 13th minute, with an accurate finish across goal, and into the top-left corner, leaving Hannah Speake stranded in the Blackpool goal.

Two minutes later and Flint was played through on goal with just the goalkeeper to beat and duly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. Makin grabbed her second of the afternoon less than a minute later.

Young’s looping cross to the back post found Makin waiting and she diverted the ball over the line.

After a quiet spell, Flint found the net for her second goal, turning the defender and smashing the ball from the edge of the penalty area past the goalkeeper.

Immediately after the break, Alice Forshaw was afforded plenty of time down the left wing before pulling the ball back for Young to score.

The Coasters had their sixth when another run down the left wing resulted in the ball bouncing off the goalkeeper into the path of Anderton for her first goal since joining the club last week.

Delighted manager Luke Swindlehurst said: “We are pleased with the result, having come away with a clean sheet and scoring six goals.

“It was a game we expected to win, with the opposition from a lower league, but we still had to guard against complacency. The players had a professional attitude and we maintained at high tempo.

“It was good to see new signing Katie Anderton score on her debut and I’m sure she will contribute with more in the coming weeks.

“We spoke about moving the ball quickly and keeping the quality in our play. The only real disappointment was to lose goalkeeper Megan Pope early with a bad knee injury.”

DANIEL AGNEW